Guralnick Associates Receives DOE Contract

Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc., San Francisco, Calif., has just been selected by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to provide naval architectural and marine e n g i n e e r i n g consulting services throughout the period of design and construction of OTEC-1, the first Early Ocean Test Platform. Under terms of the contract, the Guralnick firm will provide general consulting services and engineering and administrative support for DOE in reviewing and analyzing all drawings and specifications for the vessel to be converted to the OTEC-1 test platform by the prime contractor for the project, Global Marine Development, Inc.

Among the many tasks scheduled to be performed by the San Francisco firm are hydrodynamic and structural analyses of the cold water pipe; review of the construction contractor's drawings for converting the ship and fabricating the OTEC test loop; and overview services during dock and sea trials.

The work will be performed under a contract with the DOE San Francisco Operations Office, located in Oakland, Calif. The project management will be performed from a DOE project office in southern California.

The concept utilized in the Energy Department's ocean thermal energy conversion program involves a system of pumping warm ocean surface water through heat exchangers, where the water's heat will evaporate the working medium, ammonia. The ammonia vapor would then be utilized to turn a turbine-generator to produce electricity before being condensed by cold water pumped from ocean depths 3,000 feet below.

Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc., now in its 32nd year of operation, is the largest architectural and engineering firm of its type on the West Coast. Presently engaged in several long-term projects for the maritime industry, the U.S. Navy, commercial and government clients, the vastly expanding organization, in addition to its headquarters office in San Francisco, operates branch offices in San Diego, Calif., Bremerton, Wash., and Baltimore, Md.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Nov 1978

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